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With the London 2012 Olympics due to open in just a few days time, the expected push by the bad guys has started. No, I don't mean the banning of wearing Pepsi T-Shirts in the Olympic Stadium as it might upset official sponsors Coke, or the fact that nobody is allowed to sell chips other than McDonalds or even the undemocratic powers given to law enforcement in the UK to prevent people using certain combinations of 'Olympic-related' words in their advertising. No, as if all that were not bad enough, the bad guys in question are the cyber-criminals looking to …

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The head of the UK MI5 intelligence agency, Jonathan Evans, has this week warned that the [London 2012 Olympic Games](http://www.london2012.com/) "present an attractive target for our enemies and they will be at the centre of the world's attention in a month or so". But most of the concern, and indeed the advice being doled out, is aimed squarely at the physical terrorist threat to the games. DaniWeb has been finding out what threats there are surrounding the 2012 Olympics from an IT security perspective. ![dweb-olympics](/attachments/small/0/dweb-olympics.jpg "align-right") Although the physical threat does, in fact, cross over into the world of IT …

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Probably the most common Olympic Games 2012 scam is that of unofficial ticket sales. No great surprise there, but the fact that Google appears to be in on the act might come as a shock to many. So what, exactly, is going on? [ATTACH=RIGHT]23779[/ATTACH]A little known law in the UK is, and I kid you not, the 'London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006' which, amongst other things, makes it a criminal offence to sell tickets for the Olympics without the explicit permission of the authorities running the Olympics 2012 event. Yet when the BBC investigated how easy it …

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Occasionally something crops up as a classic example of how not to build a social media network, and the BBC's decision to insult its [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] fans is a good example. The idea was to put a dummy site up as a test run for the London Olympics - they're a couple of years away but you might as well find the glitches now. Some online commentators have criticised them for captioning the photos wrongly. This is nonsense; any writer will confirm that when you're checking a layout you don't use proper text, in fact Latin is the most usual because …

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British Telecom has announced that it is ahead of schedule for superfast broadband* and will deliver it in time for the [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8424401.stm"]Olympic Games in London[/URL]. It's less good that only 40 per cent of customers will be able to get at the service but then the Internet was ever thus. What's really interesting to me is that people still talk about the speed rather than what it can do when they're announcing these services. It's possibly the single least useful thing network providers actually do. According to my ISM I have an 8 meg service. No laughing at the back. …

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I had a call this morning asking me to go on the radio tomorrow morning. It was from BBC London and I'll be on at 7.20am UK time, thanks for asking - discussing this story about the [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8019948.stm"]terrorist Cyberthreat to the 2012 Olympics[/URL]. The man suggesting there is such a threat is David Blunkett, formerly Home Secretary, which made him responsible for protecting the country - he was actually in the job on 11 September 2001 when the problem was of course tragically highlighted internationally. So he's not a lightweight. The thing is, he's now issuing this warning about the …

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It would appear that Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima, who won gold in the men's 100m breast stroke event, [URL="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=195049"]has a Nintendo Wii to thank[/URL]. I was always told not to wee in the pool, but Kitajima had his Wii in the gym so that's OK then. Apparently, the Olympic swimmer included playing games on the Wii as part of his training routine to prepare for the Olympic Games. Now you are probably thinking he was using that Wii Fit thing, but no, Kitajima reckons he played Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games instead. "Mario does the breaststroke. And thus, …

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Well, at least as far as getting reasonably unrestricted access to the Internet is concerned it does. It had been [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19764/53/"]widely reported[/URL] that the Chinese authorities had backtracked on their promises to the IOC that reporters would get free and unrestricted access to the Internet during the games. This, no surprises here, turned into something into a media explosion of fury around the free world. It did not take long, with the opening ceremony looming, for the Chinese to backbacktrack, if you will allow such a concept. As our own [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2898.html"]Guy Clapperton reported[/URL] last week, the Chinese opened up that …

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For once someone has done the right thing. You might remember my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2881.html"]last post[/URL] was a disappointed rant against China for restricting access to the Internet for journalists covering the Olympics. I can't speak for the US but in the UK it got as far as our National news bulletins. Well, the [URL="http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKL134192720080801?feedType=nl&feedName=uktechnology"]move has been overturned[/URL]. It's not good enough for my liking yet; the resident people in China still can't get to whichever sites they please even if the journalists there for a few weeks can. But it's a start, and it's the removal of one of the blocks …

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[FONT=&quot]Unless you happen to have been one of the people who authorized payment of around $800,000 for the design, or were on the receiving end of it, then the chances are you will agree with the momentum of public opinion that the [URL="http://www.london2012.com/index.html"]London 2012 Olympics branding[/URL] sucks. In fact, it more than just plain simple sucks, it sucks elephants through a straw is how bad it is. But as well as being offensive to the eye, this campaign has shown how technology can attack both your product credibility and the health of those viewing it.[/FONT] [FONT=&quot][/FONT] [FONT=&quot]The credibility thing is …

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